In 2019 ASW engaged Altair to work with us to produce a new-build off-site manufacturing procurement solution for our Members. ASW funded a considerable amount of market research & intelligence and procurement planning. We got to the point of formally going to the market ourselves, but as part of the ongoing project gateway assessment we identified that joining in with the NHF’s Building Better project would be a better way of providing you with this procurement solution:

Building Better is a National Housing Federation-backed alliance of housing associations and local authorities. It was set up in 2018 as part of the National Housing Federation’s Greenhouse innovation programme, a ground-breaking scheme that tackled real issues in society with the objective of developing ideas that can be scaled across the country. Building Better is aggregating demand from members so they can procure high quality, sustainable offsite homes, at the right price, confident in the fact that these homes will meet their customers’ needs.

Please click on the link to find out more about what we do and the procurement solution we offer.

ASW helped Building Better select the procurement expert who would run the procurement and manage the framework – we chose Procurement for Housing. There is a fee to join Building Better, but ASW procurement consortium members do not have to pay the fee as ASW is paying it.

The framework has been designed to facilitate early engagement between development teams and manufacturers. Our commercial approach provides pricing visibility and encourages open and transparent conversations regarding costs, without the need for any additional procurement processes.

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Slide pack used in the presentation on 21st July 2021: